The Booze Hounds were formed in Bozeman, Montana in January 2004 by Rob Lethert and longtime friend Kenny Stancil. Soon two Texas musicians, guitarist Ted Culp and bassist Mike Schultz joined them. Four months later they recorded their first cd entitled “Beer”, which contains covers from artists including Steve Earle, Townes Van Zandt, Cracker, The Bottle Rockets, Slaid Cleves, Lucero, and Slobberbone.
The Hounds remained stable for the next three years playing a few hundred shows while building their Rock & Roll reputation. After the trials of the road caught up with Schultz he decided to opt out, and replaced by bassist Garrett Robinson. Soon the BoozeHounds began work on their second cd entitled “Happy Hour.” For the sophomore release the Booze Hounds teamed up with Bozeman local legend / former front man of the John Colter Band, Tex Tucker. Happy Hour was a transitional record containing the fan favorites ‘Somewhere in Texas’ and ‘Money Hungry Bitch’. For the next four years the band took the time to playing behind the Happy Hour release sharing the stage with acts such as David Allen Coe and the Bottle Rockets. A couple hundred gigs later, Ted Culp passed over the guitar duties to the much younger Jake Hassler, which in turn gave the band a somewhat heavier more punk sound while keeping the country undertones for which they have been known for since 2004.
The next step for the band was to hire their own permanent sound engineer. This helped develop the bands sound even further by adding consistency and warm pleasurable tones to the bands growing sound. While out on a side gig at cactus records their new engineer was lucky enough to meet Chelsea Hunt, one of Montana’s best fiddle players. It was clear that this was what the band needed next. Chelsea began sitting in with the Hounds on a regular basis and formaly became a member of the band just prior to the release of their third album entitled ‘Burn The Wagon’. A collection of original songs and songs that were written for and gifted to the band by songwriter friends such as Tex Tucker and Mike Allen Ward.
In the summer of 2013, shortly after getting married to his girlfriend Angela, bassist Garrett Robinson decided to leave for California and handed over the bass guitar reigns to former Sixteen Penny bassist Justin Bauer. With little more than a week to learn the sixty current songs in the bands playlist, Justin stepped in and stepped up. The Hounds played over twenty shows in the first fifty days Justin was with the band including a set on the main stage at the 2013 Rockin the Rivers Festival. Also in the spring of 2013 the band hired a lighting director adding a full visual experience to their already intense live shows.
Recently the lineup has changed again. Chelsea decided to stop playing with the band as of December 2013 leaving a big hole to fill in both space and sound. Constantly in some kind of transition and approaching a decade of Rock & Roll, the BoozeHounds are better than ever. The rock solid live band with a wide variety of styles ranging from rock to country, blues, and punk are still full of energy and great to watch live. The Band is looking forward to a great year of playing live and the release of their fourth CD which should be available in early 2014 and is tentatively titled "The Hard Departed and Broken Hearted"…… To be continued.
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